by: Brent Martineau Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars all know that Blake Bortles is waiting in the wings to become the face of the franchise at quarterback.
The rookie's recent play has created a curiosity of whether Bortles could be inserted into the lineup ahead of anyone's expectations.
"I didn't have any expectations because I've never done it before," said Bortles. "I figured I would take it day by day and take the coaching the best I could and try to raise the bar everyday."
Bortles has raised the bar enough to at least push starting quarterback Chad Henne. This week in practice and on Friday against Detroit, Bortles will get some first team snaps.
Despite the quick progression from Bortles, the relationship between Henne and the rookie hasn't changed. The competition is friendly and the players are supportive of each other.
"He's been a great, a great mentor and a good friend," said Bortles. "I've enjoyed the meeting room and the practice field and outside of football and I look forward to continuing to learn from him."
In other Jags news Tuesday:
Allen Robinson and Tandon Doss were back catching passes on the practice field without a helmet. Robinson will make the trip to Detroit, but will not play.
Offensive lineman Jaques McClendon has the inside track to get the start at center on Friday against the Lions.